Using Novel Flash Infrared Thermography Techniques and Software


Researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) have developed an infrared (IR) flash thermography software program that is capable of detecting and characterizing anomalies, such as voids, cracks, and delamination, in nonmetallic structures with higher fidelity and sensitivity than other available techniques. Using an innovative IR contrast methodology, this software extracts normalized contrast versus time evolutions from flash thermography IR video data to accurately measure flaw depth, width, and diameter.

This software also has applications in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) testing for various materials and surfaces, IR camera manufacturing, and IR thermography analysis. NASA owns one patent for this technology (USPN 8,577,120) and another is pending. Dr. Ajay Koshti, the lead NDE engineer at NASA JSC will provide an overview of this patented technology that is available for licensing.

You will also hear from the Deputy Chief Technologist of NASA JSC's Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office who will discuss the innovative work being done at the center. While playing a pivotal role in the nation’s space program—as well as the home for the nation’s astronaut corps and the International Space Station (ISS) Program’s mission operations—the center also provides a successful model of how a national federal laboratory strengthens the United States’ economy and enhances the quality of life here on Earth.


Ajay Koshti
Lead Nondestructive Evaluation Engineer
NASA Johnson Space Center

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